Surface-enhanced Raman scattering characteristics of CuO: Mn/Ag heterojunction probed by methyl orange: effect of Mn2+ doping

in: Journal of Raman Spectroscopy (2016)
Singh, Pushkar; Deckert, Volker; Singh, Ranjan K.; Prakash, Om; Kumar, Shiv; Chatterjee, S.; Ghosh, Anup K.
Interest in the synthesis of hybrid substrates for surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) has surged recently. Hereof, in the present work, a hybrid SERS substrate CuO : Mn/Ag heterojunction has been synthesised. To accomplish this, the nanostructred Ag island film and CuO : Mn nanoparticles are synthesised by vacuum thermal evaporation method and sol–gel method respectively, and thereafter, a heterojunction between the CuO : Mn and Ag is fabricated by adsorption of CuO : Mn (10-3 m in ethanol) on Ag island film. Further, the SERS sensitivity of CuO : Mn/Ag heterojunctions has been studied by probing methyl orange. We observed that with Mn-doping in the lattice of CuO, the SERS signal is enhanced considerably because of ferromagnetic ordering in CuO : Mn. DFT/B3LYP/6-311 G(d, p) method is used to calculate the energy of HOMO and LUMO level of methyl orange.

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